It would appear that, for our family, the need to go to sea surfaces on about 2-year intervals. Given that we were last at sea in June of 2008, it's time again, and we're scheduled to be sailing on the MS (I think) Oosterdam from San Diego on March 13th (less than a month, now that I think of it!). Mexican Riviera for 7 days again, but on Holland America instead of Princess. I don't know if we'll even bother to go into any of the ports this time - they're nice and all, but the whole point of this trip is to be on a ship on the ocean.
Our original plan was to go on NCL in a mini-suite (the dates matched up with the offspring's spring break), and were particularly intrigued with the "freestyle" aspect of the whole thing. My husband vowed at the time that he would spend the entire week in shorts or a swimsuit and that he was looking forward to not having any formal nights. So of course, when we went to book, the mini-suites were all gone and our best option was just a balcony room - which seemed very small in the pictures. HAL had a cruise on the same basic schedule, and their balcony rooms looked less likely to provide a "family bed" from the combination of fold-out couch and bed. And besides, they offer cooking lessons. So we changed lines. My husband is still vowing to spend the entire week in shorts or swimsuit and to avoid formal nights. Which is fine by me - it means that the 3-suitcase goal of our last cruise is so achievable it isn't even worth worrying about. Shoot, we can probably do it in 2 suitcases.
Except that my daughter keeps letting slip little sentences that start out, "I could bring this for formal night...". Hope she's okay with our ultra-casual program here.
If anything of interest occurs, I'll add it here. Given our track record, it seems likely.